Justification And Utter Destruction By J. Samuel Walker Essay

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Brian Gutierrez
J. Samuel Walker, Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004). In Prompt and Utter Destruction by J. Samuel Walker, there is a lot to be said when talking about the use of atomic bombs. Throughout the book, Walker breaks down the choice made by President Harry S. Truman and analyzes some of the myths that are brought up when talking about the end of World War II. The thesis to Prompt and Utter Destruction was not as straight forward as it was in Manliness and Civilization. From my understanding, throughout the entire book, Walker was trying to get across to the reader, “was the bombing of Hiroshima really necessary” (5)? Another valid thesis to this book would be trying to understand the reasoning behind Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs on Japan. Either one of these is supported and could be explained well when reading this book. One thing that J. Samuel Walker touches on in his book, is the very controversial exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute. This raised many questions about the bombing of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This particular exhibit was constructed to pay homage to the American war veterans and reflect on the actual decision to drop the atomic bombs (106). In this exhibit, people had restored part of the Enola Gay. The Enola Gay was the aircraft that bombed both Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945. This was so controversial to the people…

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